Publication Type:

Journal Article


IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, IOP Publishing, Volume 73, Issue 1 (2015)



electron microscopy, Fiber breakages, Fiber reinforced plastics, Fibers, Glass, Glass fiber reinforced composite, Glass fibers, Impact response, Low velocity impact, Matrix cracking, Modes of failure, Reinforcement, scanning electron microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy tests, Structural strength, Surface topography, Volume fraction


This paper presents an experimental study to assess the impact response of bidirectional woven type of glass fiber reinforced composite material with varied volume fractions and hence to find out the optimal volume fraction which gives better impact resistance. The specimens are prepared using vacuum bagging process and the volume fraction is estimated by resin burn off method. For getting information regarding surface topography of the impacted specimen, scanning electron microscopy is conducted. The study is done by slightly varying the velocities and it is found that a volume fraction of 43 -44% gives a better impact resistance which is also confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy test. From the SEM results it is observed that matrix cracking, fiber breakage, debonding and fiber pull out are the major modes of failure during the impact, which reduces the structural strength and stability of the structure.


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Cite this Research Publication

R. Reghunath, Mahadevan Lakshmanan, and Mini, K. M., “Low velocity impact analysis on glass fiber reinforced composites with varied volume fractions”, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 73, no. 1, 2015.